For the first time in its storied history, the legendary Apollo Theater was forced to close its doors because of COVID. 

Jonelle Procope, the Apollo’s President and CEO, joined In Focus to talk about the task of keeping this New York City landmark alive without shows or audiences, by turning a visit to the Apollo into a virtual experience, and about the plans going forward as plans move ahead to open its doors again. 

Procope also talks about the Apollo’s partnership with Harlem Week, offering virtual behind-the-scenes tours to wannabe visitors from around the world. 

As a City Council member and as Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer has long been a staunch supporter of Harlem Week. 

She talked to Cheryl Wills about why it’s so important that Harlem Week is bringing back live, outdoor events to a neighborhood, and a city, emerging from isolation.